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THE NAKED APE: Exploring the science and cultural evolution of human psychology, behavior, cognition, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness. (Uh, did I miss anything?)

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Welcome to THE NAKED APE

Those who’ve know me for some time know that I have a moderately strong interest in human consciousness and psychology. Although mind and body cannot exist without one another – and indeed they shape one another – it does seem that the very core of the human experience of ‘self’ exists in the brain alone.

We all know that much of the functioning and maintenance of our body is controlled covertly by the brain or by biological systems that work beneath our threshold of awareness. We do not consciously decide to sweat, or digest our food, or replace our cells.

And yet, in spite of the fact that we know this, we still cling to the illusion that the functioning of our thoughts, our decisions, our perceptions, our preferences, our memories, and our reasoning are under our direct, conscious control.

But neuroscience and psychology are now showing us that this simply is not the case—that the processes of mind and awareness function just as covertly as our biological systems.

That fascinates me!

How is it that the mind – that place of concealment – is also the one place in which awareness itself is known to exist?

The truth is that we don’t know ourselves as well as we’d like to believe. We don’t control our decisions, our perceptions, our motivations, or our memories as well as we think we do.

THE NAKED APE was created to explore these important topics. I welcome any post on human psychology, behavior, cognition, perception, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness.

 

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Comment by Mrs.B on February 7, 2018 at 4:02pm

Great find!!! So much to learn!

Comment by Davy on February 7, 2018 at 1:25pm

The more and more we find artefacts of the Neanderthal the more and more they are more like us and less like they way they are normally depicted low intelligent  brutes. 

Comment by Doone on February 7, 2018 at 5:45am

Interesting about the Neanderthal tools, Stephen..  I am 4 percent Neanderthal - good to hear Great^8000 Grandfather was no dummy.

Comment by Stephen on February 7, 2018 at 5:35am

Neanderthal Tools Discovered in Italy Charred With Fire but in Stunning Condition

Archaeologists have discovered a cache of 58 wooden tools used by Neanderthals living in Northern Italy. Although the tools aren’t the first of their kind to be discovered, it’s a very important find given how difficult it is for wooden remains to survive for more than 170,000 years, as these have. The discovery is announced in a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

www.newsweek.com/neanderthal-tools-discovered-italy-charred-fire-st...

Comment by Doone on February 6, 2018 at 5:17pm

How humans spread across the globe, via  https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/954564240358232064

Comment by Doone on February 5, 2018 at 5:56pm

Neanderthals used fire to perfect hardwood tools 170,000 years ago - Archaeology - Haaretz.com https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-neanderthals-used-fire...

Comment by Doone on February 4, 2018 at 8:12am

Neanderthals Had Strong Social Support Structures, Cared For Injured And Weak: Study http://www.ibtimes.com/neanderthals-had-strong-social-support-struc...

Comment by Doone on February 2, 2018 at 5:26pm

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#FossilFriday Thanks to the advance of science today we know that our species #Homosapiens is not the only one that can be called a human being, since just 100,000 years ago five human species with a unique cultural heritage coexisted on Earth. #HumanEvolution #NatHist #Museum

Comment by Doone on February 1, 2018 at 5:52pm

People living in London for at least 1 million years, i wonder if they were blue?   

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Comment by Mrs.B on January 31, 2018 at 11:14pm

Those guys got antlers!!! Hahahaha.....

 
 
 

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